In rebellion against the continued (attempted) shutdown of large bars on Lower Broadway, notorious Tootsie’s owner Steve Smith has parlayed the world-famous honky-tonk into a full-service “restaurant” for permitting purposes, so that he can legally open the popular tourist destination for business with a larger capacity.
Restaurants can operate at 50-percent capacity in the current phase, while bars remain capped at 25 patrons. Smith confirmed to the Tennessean last week that he obtained a full-service restaurant license and expanded his menu accordingly. No menu is listed on the Tootsie’s website or anywhere online, so stay tuned for a closer look at that menu.
The always-packed honky-tonk was shut down again in July, when the city returned to a modified Phase 2. Since then, another variation of Phase 2 allows bars to operated with limited 25-person occupancy and closure at 10:30 p.m. All customers dining at bars and restaurants must remain seated, and bar counters remain closed to seating.
With the current restrictions, Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge is open from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. all other days of the week.
- Tootsie’s [Official Site]
- Mayor Cooper Says Nashville Will Remain in Phase Two Through August 16 [ENASH[